Research activities and achievements

The research students and staff at the Centre for Aboriginal Studies (CAS) contribute to Indigenous knowledge through a range of research topics and pursuits.

Honours research program

Our Honours program has consistently produced graduates who achieve first-class and second-class honours upon graduation. Their research projects have provided insights and actionable strategies to help improve the wellbeing and education of Indigenous people all across Australia.

See topics researched by previous CAS honours students

Past research topics have included:

  • Investigating the pre- and post-release emotional state of Aboriginal women in Western Australian prison centres.
  • Uncovering issues relating to the ethical approval process experienced by Aboriginal researchers conducting human research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants.
  • Investigating the effectiveness of a Range Program in providing outcomes and benefits to the Yirrganydji people, community and country in North Queensland.
  • Applying an indigenous research framework to present Aboriginal Women Leader’s voices to reveal Aboriginal feminist structures.
  • Investigating issues around sexual consent and condom use amongst young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Identifying teaching strategies for the next generation of speakers of the Djabugay language in the Great Dividing Range of Far North Queensland.
  • Investigating the effects of colonisation felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in the mid-north coast of New South Wales.
  • Identifying, verifying and classifying Native Title land disputes experience by the Noongar people of the South-West of Western Australia.

Institute of Aboriginal Knowledge and Innovation

Research staff at CAS are involved in setting up a network for Aboriginal Knowledges and Wellbeing.

The Institute of Aboriginal Knowledge and Innovation aims to:

  • Prepare graduates and researchers to engage and collaborate with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Collaborate with Indigenous researchers and communities globally to exchange Aboriginal and Indigenous knowledges.
  • Foster opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher degree by research candidates and Post-Doctoral fellows to pursue safe, appropriate Aboriginal research practice.